As Geoffrey Chaucer in the movie A Knight’s Tale says, “Days like these are far too rare to cheapen with heavy-handed words.” So without ado, I give to you a summary of my day in Tintagel, presented in bullet-point form:
2. We had lunch in a little cafe by the castle, and I had a savory cheese scone with cream cheese, as well as a personal little pot of tea. A French girl told me that with the way I looked and what I had chosen to eat, she would have believed I was British if it wasn’t for my accent! SCORE. My attempt to blend in must be working!
3. The wind was insane! As my friends know, I already do not have a good sense of balance–someone can give me a small shove, and I will fall over. So walking on those cliffs among the ruins was a battle between me and the wind! I wanted to go to the edges of the cliffs to see out, but didn’t because I was afraid that the strong wind would force me to lose my footing. The only time I fell down was when I slipped on a patch of wet grass, wayyy inland.
4. I have had to confront my fear of heights and climbing several times already since coming here to England, and I think it is a good thing. Maybe I will be able to overcome at least a small part of these fears by the end of the year. Looking forward to progress!
5. My mother would have hated this place. Haha let me explain: there were a lot of cliff edges with no guardrails, as well as steep stairs on the sides of those cliffs.
6. Last but certainly not least, Tintagel Castle was AMAAAAZING. Not much of it is still standing, but just to be among those ruins transports you back in time!! I was truly in awe. It was in use in Medieval times, but is also the legendary birthplace of King Arthur! Whether or not that is true (which is based on whether you think King Arthur actually existed), an aura of mystery and magic definitely hung over the entire site. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!
That’s all for now, folks! If you are ever in England, I encourage you to visit Tintagel Castle!